Today marks our favourite day of the year, National Tea Day. Yes that’s right, a whole day has been dedicated to this delightful beverage and rightly so.
To celebrate Britain’s favourite morning – and afternoon ritual we have found 10 interesting facts about the wonder that is tea.
- Tea breaks are a tradition that have been with us for approximately 200 years
- It takes around 2,000 tiny leaves to make just one pound of finished tea
- There is an estimated 1,500 different types of tea
- Over 3 million tons of tea is produced every year worldwide
- The United Kingdom drinks about 165 million cups of tea a day, or 62 billion cups per year
- Black tea is called “red tea” in China
- The art of foretelling the future by ‘reading the tea leaves’ is known as ‘tassology’
- 98% of people take milk with tea
- Until the 1800’s, solid blocks of tea were used as currency in Siberia
- Tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world, after water
Cosy takes tea very seriously and have spent many years developing a range to suit every tea loving taste. From the classic Fairtrade Organic Black Breakfast Tea made with a blend of Assam & Nilgiri teas, to the more unusual tastes of Organic Rooibos made from ‘Redbush’ tea from South Africa with a hint of Vanilla, Cosy really does have it all.
So whether you are enjoying yours with a cheeky slice of cake or simply on its own in your favourite mug, make sure you take some time out on National Tea Day to enjoy a lovely Cosy cuppa!
At Cosy HQ we don’t often feel like there is anything missing from our range of teas and infusions. We’re proud of our collection and think that it has everything you need to offer a quintessentially British tea experience. All our teas are organic and the black teas are Fairtrade as well. We have all the staples, some delicious green teas and even some innovations like our brilliant Blueberry (which is berry nice indeed). In fact we haven’t introduced a tea since we had Decaf added to the family back in 2011.
We are also of the school of thought that you never say never. So we hope you are ready for Cosy Organic Matcha. Matcha has risen in popularity over the past year, partly owing to it’s fantastic green appearance and its health benefits.
We spent the summer gathering different tea traditions from around the globe and sharing them with you on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. They ranged from the familiar, like Afternoon Tea in the UK, to the more outlandish, like Yak butter and salt tea, but they were all still our favourite beverage…TEA!
We thought that maybe it’s high time they were all in one place so you can see different tea drinking habits and maybe inspired you to share your own.
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3 ways with… is a series exploring different ways of brewing and sipping our favourite drink. I’ll be picking out some of my favourite Cosy flavours and showing you a few different ways to enjoy them. Click here to see previous posts from the series.
Traditional Dragon-Phoenix ball tea
Earl Grey might have been a classic but green tea is seriously old school – it dates back to 8th century China when the idea of steaming tea leaves was first discovered. This new method produced tastier and less bitter teas, not unlike the ones we enjoy today. By the 10th century, tea drinking was just as big a deal in China as afternoon tea would later become in Britain. The Chinese began brewing ‘tribute teas’ which were presented to emperors and high ranking officials and it wasn’t long before people started competing for royal favour, developing extravagant brews like the rather exciting sounding Dragon-Phoenix ball tea which was flavoured with jasmine.
These days, its reportedly high levels of vitamins and anti-oxidants mean that green tea is hailed as a bit of a super food. Some of its alleged benefits include boosting weight loss, increasing the metabolism, reducing cholesterol and even preventing tooth decay! If all this has left your mouth watering for green tea, luckily for you Cosy have no less than two delicious flavours – Jasmine Green and Lemon Green. I’ve used Lemon Green for these recipes, but Jasmine Green would make a lovely fragrant alternative. So without further ado, here are my top 3 ways to drink Cosy Lemon Green…
Hot with honey
Winter is fast approaching and with it comes the dreaded cold and flu season. Why not try this twist on the traditional honey and lemon drink? Hot Lemon Green tea with honey makes a delicious, warming tonic. It won’t cure your cold but it’ll be sure to cheer you up. Just boil the kettle, and steep the tea bag for 3-5 minutes. Stir through a teaspoon or so of honey to taste and enjoy, preferably curled up on the sofa in a blanket.
Iced with a slice
From one extreme to the other but no less delicious: ice cold Lemon Green tea with a slice of lemon is the perfect refresher when you want something tasty but virtuous. A little patience is required for this one: brew your tea for 3-5 minutes and leave to cool. Serve in a glass with ice cubes and a slice of lemon.
In a martini
Cosy Lemon Green’s fragrant and zesty flavours make it a wonderful cocktail ingredient. I brewed the tea for 10 minutes to ensure maximum flavour in this Green Tea Martini, and added vodka, lemon juice and fresh mint for extra zing. Dip the rim of a cocktail glass in lemon juice and sugar to make your cocktail hour extra special.
Watermelon is having a bit of a style moment at the..er…moment. It makes perfect sense really, who doesn’t want adorable bright pink and green fruit printed all over everything? I know I do! So you can bet I was excited when I found out that August 3rd was National Watermelon Day. Luckily for you readers you won’t need to go anywhere to get your fix because I’ve rounded up my top 5 watermelon-themed things to celebrate.
1. Watermelon Iced Tea
If you prefer to drink your 5-a-day then this Watermelon-Mint Iced Tea recipe is the tipple for you. And best of all? You’ll get to use Cosy Breakfast teabags to make it. For those weekend nights, this watermelon mojito recipe is the perfect Summer cocktail.
2. Watermelon Tea Cosy
It wouldn’t be Cosy if we didn’t include one of these bad boys and this lovely Watermelon tea cosy from FarmFreshKnits fits the bill nicely. Of course, you’ll need something to pour your tea into so it’s only right that you pick up one of these to drink out of.
3. Watermelon Tea Pot
In 3rd place we’ve got the ultimate in Watermelon-Tea combos. Why not go all out and carve yourself a giant watermelon tea pot of your very own? The guys over at Watermelon.org have put together these step by step instructions and they make it look so easy…
Be sure to let us know how you get on if you try it!
4. Watermelon Sorbet
It turns out watermelon actually tastes pretty great too! This watermelon sorbet recipe is super simple and super refreshing. Plus fruit is healthy right? Bonus points for serving it in these cute watermelon bowls.
5. Watermelon Duvet Set
How many times have you wished you could sleep in a bed of watermelons? The real thing might give you a bit of a bad back but now you can make all your watermelon dreams come true (literally) with this duvet set.
Summer is finally upon us and with it comes the promise of sunshine, smiles, the prospect of frolicking through a floral meadow wearing a white floaty dress and a wide brimmed hat. Perhaps you’ll be accompanied by an adorable puppy and a smattering of freckles. Maybe you’ll head home fairly quickly because you really fancy making a cake. We may be in the middle of a heatwave here in changeable old Blighty but who knows how long it’ll last? There’s only one thing you can rely on in life and that’s cake. Two things if you count tea. And hey, you know what goes really well together? Tea and cake. Well would you look at that.
In light of this, I paired refreshing Cosy Lemon Green with a sweet lemon icing to create something that tastes like the evergreen optimism of a British Summertime. No one wants to slave away in the kitchen in a heatwave, especially when you don’t know how long it’ll last so luckily for you this recipe is quick and basically fool proof. I made it by hand the good old fashioned way but if you’ve got an electric mixer then you’ll have something fresh and zesty and worthy of eating in a country garden full of flowers in under an hour.
- 4 x Cosy Lemon Green teabags
- 125g butter
- 130g caster sugar
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 210g self-raising flour
- 112ml milk
For the icing:
- 70g icing sugar
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- Lemon zest to decorate
- Preheat the oven to 180c and grease a small loaf tin with butter. Steep two of the teabags in 50ml boiling water and set aside.
- Cream together the butter and sugar, then beat in eggs, flour, and milk then empty the contents of the remaining two teabags into the mix for good measure.
- Your tea should now be nice and brewed, so pour that in and mix well.
- Pour the cake mix into your loaf tin and pop in the oven for 25 minutes, or until a knife comes out clean in the middle. Take out and leave to cool completely.
- For your icing, mix together the icing sugar and lemon juice until smooth and shiny. Have a little taste and add a little more lemon juice if needed. Then have another taste, and probably another, just to be on the safe side. This was my favourite part.
- Remove the cake from the tin and using a teaspoon, drizzle the icing over the cake in a zig zag pattern until it has all gone and the cake is nicely covered. Sprinkle with lemon zest to finish.
- Put the kettle on, slice, eat outside and pray the sun stays out.
As we speed towards summer it’s time to get some more colour and fun into our tea time habits. This felted cosy is the perfect balance of bonkers and practical and we just love it. Who wouldn’t want this combination of stripes, polka dots and brightness on their teapot? And you get to try a new technique along the way – bonus!
(Image courtesy of Knitty.com)
Kristin Nicholas has created possibly the most perfect tea cosy. The knitting itself is very simple. Worked in the round, you just keep going, using only the knit stitch, and changing colours every now and then. In fact, the pattern is so easy, it doesn’t even have spout or handle slots to worry about – which will also prevent any heat escaping, meaning your tea will be even warmer for even longer.
(Image courtesy of Knitty.com)
Once you’ve knitted the cosy, it’s time to get felting. It’s worth mentioning that at this stage your cosy will look huge. Do not panic. When you felt knitted items they shrink. This is why your yarn choice is important. You must use natural fibres for this pattern. Anything artificial or superwash will not felt, so you will be left with an oversized cosy that will flop and sag over your pot and, let’s face it, nobody wants that. Felting is really easy but it feels totally wrong: you put your knitting in the washing machine. Trust me. This time you want the tiny, fuzzy result.
(Image courtesy of Knitty.com)
A little bit of embroidery (with very clear instructions, thanks to the pattern) is the finishing touch, et voila! You have a quirky bit of fun to liven up tea time and your beverages will stay hotter for so much longer. If you aren’t already addicted to felting your knitting, you sure will be after this.
This free pattern can be found on Ravelry and Knitty.
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